Shufersal Deal branch. "It is evident that no cleaning and regular maintenance were carried out for a long time"/Flash 90, Uri Lenz
The Ministry of Health issued an immediate closure order for 30 days for all fresh food departments at the Shufersal Deal branch in Ashdod (branch 92, at 16 Shvat Levy Street). The order will remain valid for 30 days and may be extended for another 30 days, following a hearing held for the company by the Ministry of Health. The closure order includes the chicken, beef and fish butcher shops, deli and bakery.
"On 3/12/23, an audit took place at the business prior to license renewal. This audit found poor sanitary conditions and serious deficiencies that immediately endanger public health," writes Prof. Natalia Bilenko, Ashkelon District Physician at the Ministry of Health.
According to her, "Among other things: food storage areas in all departments, including work surfaces, sinks, tools, refrigerators, refrigeration and freezing rooms, ovens and racking, were found to be highly contaminated with many foci of mold, some of which are even fully covered with a layer of mold and rust. Piping cooling systems are also covered with a layer of dirt, mold, rust. There is considerable disorder and dirt, including the presence of bird droppings in the vendor entrance area, which also serves as the storage area. It is evident that no regular cleaning and maintenance activities have been carried out for a long time."
Part of the Ministry of Health's letter. Severe deficiencies, sewage pipe over food/screenshot, Ministry of Health
Prof. Bilenko states: "These findings indicate prolonged neglect. Work processes and conduct contradict the requirements of our office, including storage of raw products together with ready-to-eat products with a high risk of contamination, intersection of clean and dirty functions with a high risk of contamination, extremely poor level of cleanliness, failure to maintain temperature continuity, flies observed on the premises, no adherence to personal and environmental hygiene, the presence of a sewage pipe over food. A lack of basic knowledge and understanding was found in the requirements and guidelines of our office at the time of the audit."
According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, a hearing was held last night in the presence of the branch managers and representatives of the chain, when the chain's arguments were found to be "insufficient and indicate a lack of understanding in protecting public health."
As stated, the Ministry of Health issued an immediate closure order and ordered a halt to activity from that moment. The order will be valid for 30 days with the possibility of extension for another 30 days.
Shufersal said: "Following an audit by the Ministry of Health and under its guidance, it has been decided that the production departments at the Ashdod branch will cease their activities until further notice. The branch functions normally except for these departments. Instead of these products, prepackaged products are sold."
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